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Forensics News
December 3, 2020

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Insect Shows Promise as a Good, Sustainable Food Source

With global food on the rise, a new study has found new evidence that the yellow mealworm shows promise as alternative source of nutritional ...

Computational Model Links Family Members Using Genealogical and Law-Enforcement Databases

Researchers are reporting ways in which using genetic ancestry databases to solve crimes could potentially be ...

What Anglo Saxon Teeth Can Tell Us About Modern Health

Evidence from the teeth of Anglo Saxon children could help identify modern children most at risk from conditions such as obesity, diabetes and heart ...

Forensics: New Tool Predicts Eye, Hair and Skin Color from a DNA Sample of an Unidentified Individual

An international team has developed a novel tool to accurately predict eye, hair and skin color from human biological material -- even a small DNA ...
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A New Toolkit for Capturing How COVID-19 Impacts Crime

A new set of assessment tools shows promise in capturing how the COVID-19 pandemic affects patterns of criminal ...

New CT Scanning Method May Improve Heart Massage

Researchers have succeeded in developing a dynamic 3D CT scanning method that shows what happens inside the body during simulated heart massage. The method could help to increase the chance of ...

Bringing Burnt Bones Back to 'Life' Using 3D Technology

Forensic scientists have discovered a new way of presenting fragile evidence, by reconstructing a 'jigsaw' of human bone fragments using 3D printing. In the first known study of its kind, ...

Bone Proteomics Could Reveal How Long a Corpse Has Been Underwater

When a dead body is found, one of the first things a forensic pathologist tries to do is estimate the time of death. There are several ways to do this, including measuring body temperature or ...

Researchers Identify the Sex of Skeletons Based on Elbow Features

In an effort to help identify skeletal remains of Thai descent, researchers have found that examining the distal humerus (elbow) bone is superior to previous techniques that were developed for ...

A Safer Way for Police to Test Drug Evidence

Scientists have demonstrated a way for police to quickly and safely test whether a baggie or other package contains illegal drugs without having to handle any suspicious contents directly. The new ...

More Than Every Second Female Homicide Is Committed by the Partner

Intimate partner homicide - that is women who are killed by their partner - constitutes a significant proportion of the homicide ...

Bullet Shape, Velocity Determine Blood Spatter Patterns

Blood spatters are hydrodynamic signatures of violent crimes, often revealing when an event occurred and where the perpetrator and victim were located, and researchers have worked toward better ...

Personality Traits of Drug Users

The social environment is an influential factor with regards to drug addiction. However, some people living in the same environment become drug users, whilst others resist. Is this difference just ...

Psychostimulants Play a Major Role in Fatal Strokes Among Young Adults

An estimated 76 million people use psychostimulants, which include illicit drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine, and 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, as well as prescription stimulants. A new ...

Solving a Hairy Forensic Problem

For decades, forensic scientists have tested strands of hair to reveal drug use or poisoning. But in recent years, reports have questioned the technique -- in particular, its ability to distinguish ...

Inflammation Inhibitor Blocks Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Mouse Model

New work shows that an enzyme inhibitor reduced inflammation in the brains of mice born to mothers with maternal immune activation. Inflammation triggered by the enzyme, soluble epoxide hydrolase, is ...

Sensitive Sensor Detects Down Syndrome DNA With Blood Test During Pregnancy

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Down syndrome is the most common birth defect, occurring once in every 700 births. However, traditional noninvasive prenatal tests for the ...

Searching for Human Remains: Study Suggests Methodology to Improve Results

In an effort to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of law enforcement searches for human remains in the wild, searchers should cover the same area twice from two different angles and work no ...

Serious Problems With Forensic Software

New research finds significant flaws in recently released forensic software designed to assess the age of individuals based on their skeletal remains. The researchers report that, on average, the ...

DNA Tool Allows You to Trace Your Ancient Ancestry

Scientists at the University of Sheffield studying ancient DNA have created a tool allowing them to more accurately identify ancient Eurasian populations, which can be used to test an ...

Mass Spectrometry Sheds New Light on Thallium Poisoning Cold Case

In 1994, Chinese university student Zhu Ling began experiencing stomach pain, hair loss and partial paralysis. By the time doctors diagnosed Ling with thallium poisoning about four months later, she ...

Epileptics in High-Crime Neighborhoods Have Three Times as Many Seizures

People with epilepsy living in high crime neighborhoods in Chicago had three times as many seizures as those living in neighborhoods with lower crime rates according to new ...

Violent Crime Raises Blood Pressure Even Among Those Living in Safe Areas

A spike in Chicago crime was associated with a relative increase in blood pressure among people who lived in safe neighborhoods, according to preliminary ...

Deaths Due to Tainted Herbal Medicine Under-Recorded

A forensic pathologist is warning that potentially harmful substances found in herbal medicines may be playing a bigger role in deaths of 'health tourists' than previously ...

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